CFC's Hope Gala will be held on Friday, October 30th at the Wintergarden in Rochester, NY!
Honoring the Palumbos Family, Partners in Philanthropy, and Patty Gaffney Lovallo, Spirit of Hope Honoree.
Our theme, "What Hope Looks Like" will illustrate the common hopes and desires of everyone in our human family. While our histories and family stories may differ, we are all traveling on the same path together, with many shared hopes and dreams. By partnering with CFC, you make possible a hopeful future where the poor and most vulnerable in our community can reach their full human potential.
Our Hope Gala Partner Program provides an opportunity for organizations, families, and individuals to help Catholic Family Center continue to fulfill our mission, and for CFC to formally recognize your support. By partnering with CFC, you become entitled to benefits that can help foster recognition for your business, your customers, and others. In addition to tickets to the Gala, your partnership will allow you to meet and interact with other like-minded community leaders committed to Rochester's future, and open the doors to participate in many options to associate your name with social responsibility.
For more information please call (585) 262-7172 for more details.
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At our 2020 Hope Gala on April 25th, we will be honoring some special people for their support of CFC’s mission, and being an instrument within the Rochester community of What Hope Looks Like. Our honorees have demonstrated the spirit of hope throughout Rochester, and serve as an inspiration to others through their warm and generous hearts and actions.
The Palumbos Family will be presented with the Partner in Philanthropy Award for their tireless work and support of the mission and work of Catholic Family Center, and whose generosity has inspired others to support CFC along with them.
Patty Gaffney Lovallo will be honored with our Spirit of Hope Award, for exemplifying the spirit that inspires hope through her decades of dedication, leadership and generosity, not only to CFC, but to the wider Rochester community.
Join us in celebrating the contributions these folks have made by making a gift in their honor today. Whether you can attend our Gala or not, all those who make a gift in this way will be recognized during our Gala celebration on a special display during our festivities. Show your support today, and be there in spirit to celebrate with us!
Patty and her husband, Joe, have been supporting CFC for more than 30 years. Patty served as CFC Board Chair from 2001-2003. She and her siblings played a key role in creating the Gaffney Golf Tournament, in honor of their father Pat Gaffney, the proceeds from which were designated to provide direct support of CFC programs and services. Patty received her undergraduate degree in accounting degree from Bucknell University, and her MBA from Harvard University. Her support of other non-profits in the Rochester community include Bivona Child Advocacy Center, Pittsford Youth Services, and the Harvard Business School Club of Rochester.
“Catholic Family Center is near and dear to my heart. I am inspired by the compassion, experience and dedication of the CFC staff who work tirelessly to make a difference in the lives of CFC kids and families. I love the vision and passion for social justice created by [CEOs] Carolyn Portanova and Marlene Bessette, which has led CFC to be a recognized leader in our community.” – Patty Gaffney Lovallo
The Palumbos family has had the Catholic Church woven throughout our lives from their earliest days. Their father's youngest brother was a Catholic priest. Ed, Marty, their younger brothers Bob Kevin all entered St. Andrews Seminary in preparation of following their uncle into service to the church. Father Ed recently retired as pastor of Church of Assumption in Fairport after nearly 50 years of service in numerous parishes in the Diocese of Rochester, and is noted for his leadership of the Marriage Encounter movement as well as his work on CFC's Board of Directors.
“From our earliest years, our family was exposed to community efforts and responsibility to see strangers as “friends we had not as yet met.” Ours was an open house where friends were always welcome. This set the attitude of service and care for others early on.” – Father Ed
Marty and Maureen have been supporting CFC for over 30 years, and are founding members of our Sustaining Saints leadership giving circle. Marty is a past Board Chair for CFC, and served many years on our Board’s Executive Committee. Marty and Maureen continue to inspire the spirit of hope at CFC and at other non-profits, including Keuka College and Saint John Fisher, and have inspired others to join them in making gifts of significant impact in the Rochester community.
Service has been a lifelong commitment of the Palumbos Family. “There is no more deserving organization than one that provides direct service to the poor and most vulnerable in our community while simultaneously advocating for systemic change in the community to address the root causes of poverty.
Ed and I, of course have the most direct connection [with CFC] but for me there is nothing I do that doesn’t have my wife Maureen's support and encouragement. Honoring “the Family” is so appropriate considering “Family” is our middle name at the Catholic Family Center.” – Marty Palumbos
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CFC is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit human services agency. All gifts to CFC are used solely in support of this agency and our mission to serve the individuals and families who need us. Thank you.
This year, for the first time, we are excited to have established gift registries for our silent auction. Help us make 2020 the best gala yet!
To help sponsor our silent auction, visit our Amazon registry, or visit A Different Point of View at 2920 Monroe Avenue. Let the store associate know you are shopping for the CFC Gala, and they will be happy to help you.
NAMED SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES are available, as well! Please contact Jessica Regan at (585) 546-7220 x7332 to discuss options today!
Our Partner Program provides an opportunity for organizations, families and individuals to help Catholic Family Center meet the challenges that lie ahead for us and to formally recognize your support. By partnering with CFC, you become entitled to benefits that can help foster recognition for your business, your customers and others. In addition to tickets to the Gala, your partnership will provide you with the opportunity to meet other community leaders. Your contribution to Catholic Family Center is an investment in your community and in your organization.
Shhhhh! We are happy to provide you with an early look at our Live and Silent auction items. Make your plan to win your favorite(s) today!
Our silent auction will be ready for review and early bidding approximately a week before our Gala on April 25th. You do not need to be present to win a Silent Auction item!! (Instructions for viewing will be included in your online purchase confirmation email. Call Jason at (585) 262-4483 with any questions.)
To help sponsor our silent auction, visit our Amazon registry, or visit Eleventh Hour Gift Shop at 1922 Monroe Ave. Let the store associate know you are shopping for the CFC Gala, and they will be happy to help you.
We are grateful to our donors for offering the following experiences for you to enjoy while donating much needed funds to support Catholic Family Center programs and services. More items are being added every day as we get ready for our Gala. Come back often for more treasures and experiences to consider!
Enjoy a two night stay at the luxurious Mirror Lake Inn in Lake Placid, NY. The property’s awards in 2018, alone, include:
Package includes two night stay, with breakfast each morning, $500 Gift card for the Inn’s restaurants or Spa, and 2 Passports to the Lake Placid Olympic site.
Located on the pristine shores of the Gulf of Mexico, across the bay from mainland Sarasota, Siesta Key is the perfect destination for a holiday. You will find it alive with tropical atmosphere, blessed with the "world's finest, whitest beaches," where the sand is 99% quartz and always cool to the touch. The eight mile long island is home to beautiful and exotic birds and flowers—a wonderful place to relax!
Package includes a one week stay in a two bedroom/two bath condo. This beautiful property is available between May 31st and December 31st, 2020.
Enjoy nine days of music at the 2019 Rochester International Jazz Festival in style with this exciting package. This year’s festival is June 19-27, and there will be 220+ club pass shows. Your passes will allow you to discover new artists, and come and go to the shows that you like!
This is your chance to experience some of the most exciting concert and sporting events in Buffalo this year. And while you are there, enjoy a Buffalo Harbor Cruise, and tour the unique residential complex designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the wealthy Martin Family in the early 1900s.
This package features Billy Joel concert tickets, and offers multiple other opportunities to get away and enjoy our neighbor to the West.
Enjoy a round of golf on Oak Hill’s Championship East Course and a delicious dinner for eight in Oak Hill’s Kitchen, complete with wine pairings!
Join Executive Chef Joel Kraft of Fisher Dining Services, (food services provider at St. John Fisher College) for a unique culinary experience. Learn chef’s secrets as six guests join Dr. and Mrs. Rooney at their home working side by side with Chef Joel preparing a delicious meal for all to enjoy.
Maple Way Hill, 57 breathtaking acres in The Finger Lakes. Elegant "Country Living" inspired home completely renovated boasting coffered ceilings, cherry & wide plank hardwoods & built-ins. Grounds highlight a babbling brook, cobblestone walkways, perennial flowerbeds & a bridge to groomed hiking/snowshoeing trails, trampoline and fire pit. Borders Hunt Hollow Ski Resort. Minutes from Honeoye Lake. Less than a 10 minute drive to the Town of Naples and Bristol Mountain Ski Resort and Aerial Adventure.
A generous donor is providing a Buffalo Bills Season Ticket Package to our auction this year. This package includes two (2) club seat season passes and a season parking pass — an estimated value of approximately $4,500!
Thank you for your interest in supporting our Hope Gala! Once this special fundraising event has been rescheduled, you may purchase tickets to attend, donate to CFC in support of our mission, purchase a VIP Live Auction ticket (winner need not be present to win!) and bid on our many excellent Silent Auction items.
Meanwhile, there are till so many ways to support the mission of CFC: partnering with people – especially the vulnerable and those facing poverty – to help them achieve their full human potential. Learn about the many options to provide direct support to Catholic Family Center, or you may choose to inspire others with your tribute gift in honor of one of our Hope Gala honorees.
Thank you to all of our generous sponsors
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